Jan Komorowski

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BACKGROUND The natural tetrapeptide acetyl-Ser-Asp-Lys-Pro (AcSDKP), generated from thymosin beta4 following its cleavage by prolyl oligopeptidase (POP), is a physiological stimulator of angiogenesis. Because of the critical role of neovascularisation in tumor development, the expression of AcSDKP and the activity of POP were examined in different human(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), and soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) are important cytokines. They are secreted by normal pituitary glands and those with all types of adenomas and may be involved in pituitary tissue growth. The peripheral blood concentrations of VEGF, bFGF and sIL-2R in nineteen(More)
There are limited and conflicting studies investigating the role of the angiopoietin family in human thyroid cancer development and progression. We have investigated cytokines angiopoietin-1, -2 and their receptor (Tie-2), known to be involved in angiogenesis, in the serum of 52 thyroid cancer patients (21 cases of papillary cancers, PTC; 8 follicular(More)
Angiogenesis, new blood vessel formation, is a multistep process, precisely regulated by pro-angiogenic cytokines, which stimulate endothelial cells to migrate, proliferate and differentiate to form new capillary microvessels. Excessive vascular development and blood vessel remodeling appears in psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic retinopathy and(More)
BACKGROUND Gastro-entero-pancreatic/neuroendocrine (NET) tumors are highly vascularized neoplasms. However, our knowledge concerning circulating levels of the angiogenic factors in NET patients still remains insufficient. METHODS The aim of this study was to measure plasma concentrations of VEGF, angiopoietin 1 (Ang-1), angiopoietin 2 (Ang-2), soluble(More)
INTRODUCTION Diet, exercise, and pharmacological therapy have been shown to be unsatisfactory treatments for severe obesity in the long term. Bariatric surgery is the most effective means to achieve weight loss in morbidly obese subjects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the action of a number of adipocytokines, as well as the metabolic syndrome(More)
Thyroliberin (TRH) is one of the hormones, which affect immunologic processes. This hormone was studied in experimental subacute candidosis in mice. BALB/c males were given intraperitoneally single dose of Candida albicans cells (1 x 10(7) to 1 x 10(9) cfu of strain no. 244-33 ATCC). The animals from the experimental groups were injected subcutaneously,(More)
BACKGROUND Leptin, a hormone-like peptide secreted by adipose tissue, is a strong correlate of obesity. Conflicting data exist concerning leptin as an independent risk factor of coronary artery disease. The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between leptin and obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in men with acute myocardial infarction. (More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is associated with endothelial dysfunction and increased inflammation as well as with expansion of the capillary bed in regional adipose deposits, and a balance between these factors is involved in angiogenesis. Osteopontin (OPN) is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in regulating immune processes and mediating chronic inflammation. Its(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this investigation was to assess the usefulness of the measurement of PTH concentration in the material obtained during FNAB (PTH-FNAB) in the identification of pathological parathyroids in patients with frequently coexisting thyroid abnormalities (nodular goitre, chronic thyroiditis, previous thyroidectomy). Additionally, the(More)